April 12, 2024

Angel Reese’s post-match comments draw both support and criticism

LSU women’s basketball player Angel Reese is back in the spotlight after a dramatic NCAA tournament game against Iowa’s Caitlin Clark squad.

Reese was heavily criticized after the national championship game when she looked toward Clark in the final seconds of LSU’s victory and pointed to her ring finger, indicating that she was about to win a title and Clark was not. Although Clark herself said she had no problem with the taunting, the incident sparked a firestorm of controversy.

Reese addressed that criticism, as well as the general online abuse she has faced, in the wake of the Tigers’ national title run following LSU’s season-ending loss to Iowa in the Elite Eight on Monday.

“I’ve been through so much,” Reese told reporters. “I have seen so much. I’ve been attacked so many times, death threats, I’ve been sexualized, I’ve been threatened, I’ve been so many things, and I’ve stayed strong every time.

“All this has happened since I won the national championship, and it sucks, but I still wouldn’t change a thing, and I would still sit here and say that I’m unapologetically myself. I will always leave that mark and always remain. ” who I am and stand by that.”

However, “SPEAK” co-host Emmanuel Acho said Tuesday in what he called a “gender neutral and racially indifferent” opinion that Reese should not have played the victim after the 94-87 loss to Iowa on Monday.

“You can’t act like the big bad wolf and then howl like Courage the Cowardly Dog,” Acho said. ‘Cause if you want to act like an adult, which she did, if you want to get paid like you’re an adult, which you are, if you want to talk to grown people like you’re an adult, which is what you did after the game when you said A [UCLA] coach: ‘Watch your mouth’, if you want to say to people: ‘Take your money’, and if you take an L after the game, you should just take it on the chin.

“Nobody mourns when the bad guy catches an L. And Angel Reese, you’re self-proclaimed the bad guy. Shout out to you because you were the second best basketball player on the court and it wasn’t close. Outside of Caitlin Clark, you it was, seventeen [points] and 20 [rebounds] – bye. Turned up, the second biggest match of your career, absolute winner. But under no circumstances can you go to the podium and now try to ask people to express your sympathy. No one sympathizes with the villain. You have painted the bullseye on your back, why are you surprised when people shoot at you?”

Angel Reese postgame vs. Iowa: ‘I’ve been through so much’

Acho’s “SPEAK” co-host Joy Taylor backtracked, saying Reese’s trash talk was held to a different standard than that of male athletes.

“She was herself and bragged the same way all athletes brag when they win, when they have a big shot,” Taylor said. ‘I’ve seen it a million times. But we don’t talk about it like we talk about Angel Reese.”

Taylor said there is a way Reese was supposed to act, and she clearly violated that, judging by the reaction to her ring finger gesture toward Clark last year. She also said that the fact that she now anticipates the online reactions to things she said as a sports media personality doesn’t make it any easier to deal with those reactions.

“We ask for a lot of authenticity from players,” Taylor said. “We ask for the real. We ask for emotions. But when we get that, ‘Don’t do that. Be the person we put you here to be.’ She didn’t make herself the bad guy. She showed up unapologetically, like men always do.”

“Is she weak, or does she have a new experience? It’s great to brag and then insist on it, but not everyone has cast themselves as the villain. … If we want authenticity, we can’t immediately pursue it .”

Paul Pierce, MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals, knows what it’s like to stand on a sports mountaintop and pay the price of fame, and he said Tuesday on “Undisputed” that he empathizes with Reese.

Angel Reese emotional after LSU loss: “I have been attacked so many times”

Angel Reese emotional after LSU loss:

“This is what success is,” Pierce said. “When she won the national title last year and pointed to the ring [finger], she became famous. She became famous. When you’re at the top of the sporting world, things get bigger and success can be hard to handle. As a young athlete, as a woman in this game, things come your way that you don’t expect. But that’s what comes with it. And I understand that she can bottle those things up and you don’t see that day to day because she’s their leader and she has to portray herself in a certain way, so it was very refreshing to hear how she came out to be humanized .

While “First Things First” host Nick Wright also empathizes with Reese, he had some strong advice for her and others her age, including two of his own children, based on his own experiences on social media.

“You need to log out,” Wright said. “And I don’t blame Angel Reese at all. But the death threats, the sexualization, I bet 98% of it, if not 100% of it, wasn’t because she was walking down the street and someone said it to her. people living in her phone and terrorizing her.”

Wright doubled down on his comments on the latest episode of his “What’s Wright,” urging Reese and those with that level of fame to never “read the comments.”

Nick shares advice for Angel Reese and others on dealing with negative comments | What is Wright?

Nick shares advice for Angel Reese and others on dealing with negative comments |  What is Wright?

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